Kawasaki City: Mayor Norihiko Fukuda

2014 was a memorable year for Kawasaki City as it marked the 90th anniversary of the establishment of Kawasaki City as a municipality. It came into being in 1924 as a city with a population of 48,000, and since then, it has led Japan in the process of the nation’s industrialization. Through public-private partnership, it has attempted to alleviate the pollution that resulted from the rapid economic growth, and today, Kawasaki is one of the world’s model environmental cities.

Furthermore, in recent years, through its policies such as “Green Innovation” and “Life Innovation,” Kawasaki is transforming into an attractive major city promoting industries with growth potential and developing communities through the organization of cultural, artistic, and sports events in cooperation with local residents.

Kawasaki will make the most of these strengths and characteristics to create communities where people can live with a sense of security, and to develop into a powerful industrial city emphasizing sustainable growth. Ultimately, through achieving both goals, we aim to realize a “city where people can live the happiest lives,” and lead Japan in contributing to the international community.

Overview of Kawasaki City

 

Population: Approx. 1.45 million (2014)
Area:144.3km²

Located on the other side of Haneda Airport across the Tama River, Kawasaki City lies conveniently in the center of the greater Tokyo area. It shares a border with Tokyo Metropolis on the north across the Tama River and with Yokohama City on the south. It faces the Tama Hills on the west and Tokyo Bay on the east.With a population of 1.45 million, Kawasaki is a city full of vitality with a young average population and boasts the highest population growth rate among the largest cities in the country. In addition,The King Skyfront, Tonomachi International Strategic Zone, which is located on the other side of Haneda Airport across the river, is advancing research and development aimed at innovation in life sciences and environmental studies. Moreover, global corporations, three science parks, and over 200 research and development organizations are located, making Kawasaki an ordinance-designated city with the highest percentage of persons employed by academic and R&D organizations out of the total working population.Environmental initiativesKawasaki’s initiatives to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on a global scale include city-led environmentally conscious systems, which certify products and technologies that contribute to reducing CO2 emissions throughout their life cycles. The city government communicates the information about ecotechnology and environmentally conscious products developed in the city to the rest of the country and the rest of the world.In addition, Kawasaki is pushing initiatives to develop and spread innovative technology and promoting the greening of economy and society so that new value is created and environmental efforts spread further. Examples include conducting comprehensive environmental studies in cooperation with research institutes, Kawasaki-based enterprises, and other entities, and hosting international environmental technology exhibitions aimed at industrial exchange and international contribution in environment-related fields.

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